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Recorded Webinar: Nipple shields: Useful or Useless? by Marsha Walker


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*This webinar is approved for 1.5 L-CERPs  


Live Event Original Broadcast:


July 31st 2019, 1 PM EST 

Length: 1.5 hours


 Nipple shields: Useful or Useless?

Presented by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC



Nipple shields have been used for hundreds of years by mothers to capture leaking milk or manage sore nipples. More recently they have been used as a tool to achieve latch and milk transfer in infants having difficulty with these tasks.   This presentation will explore the concepts of imprinting, super stimulus, critical periods of time, the development of a conscious mouth image, alterations of the suck central pattern generator, as well as the small amount of research on the use of nipple shields and their effect on breastfeeding.



-Participants will be able to describe the history and purpose of nipple shield use


-Participants will be able to describe the benefits and side effects of nipple shield use


-Participants will be able to discuss how to use nipple shields    


Content Outline:


History of nipple shields

  •          Historical uses
  •          Materials
  •          Current usage
  •          What shields can and cannot do

Situations for the use of nipple shields

  •          Rationale for the use of shields
  •          Situations where shields are helpful
  •          Situations where shields are not useful
  •          Benefits and side effects of shield use

What shields are currently available

  •          Shield materials
  •          Choosing the shape and size of a shield
  •          How to apply a shield
  •          Guidelines for their use

Weaning from shield use    



marsha.jpgMarsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy. NABA is the US IBFAN organization that monitors the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, Baby Friendly USA, and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. She serves as USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee, Associate Editor of Clinical Lactation, and a board member of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, 4th edition.




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